altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 7, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Awful! I guess it’s possible I had a bd batch but this stuff had no body and no flavor.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Clear deep ruby, off white medium but well sustained head with nice lacing. Very appealing looking. Faint sweet malt aroma, with barely detectable hops. Medium body dominated by caramel, woody flavor. Little hops in evidence except for the dry, lightly bitter finish.
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille-Odeur caramalisée et d’épices. Rouge-brune avec un col beige semi-crèmeux. Présence de houblon? Goût très amer. Rondeur pleine bouche.--Bottle-Caramalized and spices smell.Dark red color with a beige semi creamy head. Hops presence? Palate mouthful.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 18, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(330ml bottle, best by 1/31/06) Clear garnet body topped by a medum beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cookie, some nutty, peat. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some cookie, tea, nutty. Thin body.
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity at Birmingham Beer Fest and labelled as Carlow Molings Red (same abv). Nice ruby ale. Roast nutty flavour. Lighter than a Stout, with some meatl, but very nice. Good balance and length of flavour. Liked this a lot.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tan, no head. Aroma is earthy, dry and grainy. Taste is similar, kind of spicy yet overall pretty mild on the palate. Watery mouthfeel.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 24, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from bottle. Well, I can’t believe I bought this after suffering through the highly average, highly priced Ohara’s Stout. Pours clear mahogany with a creamy light-tan head and intricate lacing. It is an inviting pour. Aroma is faint and one-dimensional: malt (slightly acidic/sour). Flavor is slightly bitter and uninspired. Tastes like black patent was used in lieu of caramelized malts. Quite astringent. Finished dry. No detectable aroma or flavor hops. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Not worth $10/sixer. Not close considering Smithwick’s is WAY better and a few bucks cheaper.
Ernest (7252) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Bottle (BB Feb 09).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted/roasted grain, cereal, husks), lightly hoppy (herbs), with light notes of diacetyl, gum, tea, mint, and scorched earth.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation.
Fresher sample, still kind of odd. Diacetyl and cereal-like malt brings it down, but there are some interesting subtleties under there too. Always been on the fence about this one...promising but flawed, and unfortunately the flaws are too strong to look the other way.
sloth (2788) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light tan head, good retention and plenty of stringy lace. Clear dark amber brew with an attractive ruby red glow. Nose is light malts, nutty and dry. Body is light, crisp. Light malt flavors, nutty with a touch of caramel. Dry finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. The word that best describes this beer is MALTY. Not sweet. Any hops that might have been hiding in this beer have been beaten down by the prominent brown sugar and molasses aromas/flavors. Moderate carbonation. Thin off white head with nice lace. If you like malty beers without hop bitterness or hop flavor this one is for you.